The Return of Napoleon This Weekend in Oakland

I highly recommend taking in the fully-restored Napoleon beginning today at Oakland’s Art Deco Paramount Theater. Abel Gance’s legendary epic has never looked better, thanks to more than 30 minutes of additional footage discovered by Kevin Brownlow. Plus you’ll get to enjoy Carl Davis conducting his rousing score in person for the first time in America with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. I spoke with Brownlow and Davis for this week’s Immersed in Movies column at TOH at Indiewire.

The five-and-a half-hour epic is presented by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (in association with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope, The Film Preserve, Photoplay Prods., and the BFI). It’s probably your last chance to view the innovative Napoleon on film. It screens today, tomorrow, March 25, 31, and April 1.Tickets are available at

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Festivals, Movies, Music, Tech, Trailers

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